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Three Quick Ways to Spice Up Your Blog

It is time to spice up that blog... Curry it... jerk it... whatever.

I visit a lot of blogs… a lot… and many of them are amazing. Some of them? Not so much. It isn’t the content. I read some awesome writers, but some just don’t make me say “wow.” With millions and millions of blogs out there making noise, many about the big five topics - music, travel, beauty, food, and parenting – it is hard to be seen and heard.

I have been creating and sharing on this blog for five years now, and have seen quite a few blogs come and go in this short time. The ones who have staying power grow, change, and innovate.  I have three tips to help you to keep it fresh and continue to excite your readers… and you can start today!

Nothing to buy, nothing to subscribe to, just start. Why would I share this with you? Because I want you to be around! I want to go to my favorite blogger’s websites and see their smiling faces for years to come, and if not there… somewhere in the blogasphere…

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Socamom Joined The Student and Professional Organization of Trinidad and Tobago's #SpottChats on Twitter!

To celebrate Women's History Month, I joined The Student and Professional Organization of Trinidad and Tobago on Twitter to talk about blogging, business, and Caribbean Parenting.

The "SPOTT" is an organization that emphasizes building connections with Trinidad and Tobago students abroad and professionals at home by providing a space for Trinidadian students and professionals to build lasting professional relationships that contribute to their personal and professional development. Check out the full conversation on Storify at: https://storify.com/MiksWrites/spottchats-with-socamom.

See some of the questions and my answers from the chat below.

@The_SPOTT: @SocaMomDC you  celebrating 5yrs! Congrats! What inspired you to start blogging? #spottchats

SocaMom®: I saw how hard it was to connect my kids to the #Caribbean community in the US, & I knew I wasn't alone. #spottchats

SocaMom®: Once I had a few connections, I used the blog to share with other moms like me. #spottchats

@The_SPOTT: Do you believe that it is harder to be a parent now than it was for your parents generation in the US?@SocaMomDC #spottchats

SocaMom®: I think it is harder 'cause everyone is in everyone else's business. Even if you don't put it out there. #spottchats

SocaMom®: Everyone has advice on how you should do everything. Without social media, they were free to parent. #spottchats

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

[EVENT] Meet the Nominees for Best Parenting Blog in the 2015 Black Weblog Awards! #Trinidad #Jamaica #Grenada

Join me at 9 pm on October 16th and meet the candidates for Best Parenting Blog!

Watch the google hangout here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17z6W_5cL_8

Caribbean moms are crushing it in parenting blogging. Back in 2012, I was nominated in the Best Parenting Blog category of the Black Weblog Awards. The Awards, having been featured NPR, CNN, and others, has had winners appear in respected media outlets such as MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and BET. Yes… big tings. Competition was tough that year, but I managed to pull out a W and represent for Caribbean moms in the blogasphere. Fast forward to 2015, and we have three new nominees for Best Parenting Blog… all three representing for the Caribbean massive!

You can vote once a day from now through Tuesday, October 20, so you actually have a chance to vote for all 3!

Meet your candidates for the Best Parenting Blog for the 2015 Black Weblog Awards.

Tiffani (Trinidadian-American)

http://www.mymommyvents.com

 

Dani (Jamaican-American)

http://www.okdani.com

See her hilarious appeal for your vote here: http://www.okdani.com/vote-for-dani-blackweblogawards/

 

Adanna (Grenada)

http://www.rattlesandheels.com

We will also be chatting live on Friday at 9 pm EST via Google Hangout where the candidates will introduce themselves and tell you why they deserve your votes. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17z6W_5cL_8

No RSVP required, but you can RSVP to get event reminders.

Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ckn3kao8nhj8c56adldv0hs6sn8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/987253408006189/

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

From Brain to Book: My Writing Process

Image credit: Eva Greene Wilson

I am a member of the virtual book club for bloggers, From Left to Write.  Many of the ladies in the book club are not only avid readers and book lovers, but also authors. Karen of Time Crafted invited some of us FL2W members to share our writing process in a blog tour.  So here goes...

Much of my writing when I was a little kid came from being bored.  We lived in the middle of nowhere (sort of), and after I got tired of running around outside (by myself), I would get some paper and pencil and write. I would come up with all kinds of stories - mostly about the best friend that I wish I had, and what trouble we would get into (feel free to weep for little Eva).

Now? Man - I write to stay sane.  I certainly have enough to do with the kids, husband, homeschool, lessons of all sorts, and the business - so I'm not bored - but instead of talking to myself (exclusively - I mean I still talk to myself), I write. Thanks to the Internet, I actually have plenty of folks to chat with... other than myself.

Here are the questions that we are answering on the blog tour...

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Thanksgiving 2013: One Lucky Gyal

I've been doing this for two years now, and I still have a hard time believing that THIS is what I do.  If someone told me 15 years ago when I graduated from college that I would have three kids and be a Caribbean American parenting blogger, the author of a children's book, and a member of the StepSisters - I'd have told them that they were lying... then probably asked them, "what is a blog, and what the heck is YouTube?" It's not that I'm that old... It's just that the technology is that young.

You just never know who you will be, where you will be, and what you will become, so I have chosen to be thankful for who I am, where I am, and what I am right this very minute.

We recently did a Thanksgiving show on The StepSisters Google Hangout and we had two amazing Caribbean bloggers join us as guests - Jamie from JayBlessed.com and Alysia from RewindandComeAgain.com.  We talked about what we were thankful for, family food, and more. To watch the whole show, click here.

This is what I was thankful for when it comes to blogging (click here to watch the video):

To see more videos from the StepSisters, check out the YouTube Channel or our website - StepSistersBlog.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

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